The Rubber Duck Technique

The Rubber Duck technique is so simple and so silly that I had to share it. This may work for you, it may not.

This technique stems from the previous page about getting in front of the camera. Looking at a camera and trying to record may make you nervous, and that’s okay!

The Rubber Duck Technique consists of using a rubber duck in place of a camera and going about the vlogging process but using the rubber duck.

I know.

Instead of pointing the camera towards yourself and chatting about what you’re doing, you pick up the duck and talk to it in the same way. Set it up on a tripod and read your script, or take it with you downstairs to show off your new gaming setup.

This is a very simple and very silly thing to do, but it actually accomplishes a few great things.

  • It serves as a reminder that you don’t have to take vlogging so seriously. You’ll laugh a lot, probably feel silly, and might even chuck it across the yard after a minute or two.
  • There’s no real substance to a rubber duck, so the intimidation factor of a camera’s weight goes away.
  • Nothing is recorded, so you can say or do whatever you want because the duck doesn’t have a record button.

Now, some people might look at this technique and think it’s ridiculous (they’d be right!) and actually feel more uncomfortable talking to a rubber duck then a camera. That’s great!

If you feel less awkward getting in front of a camera than a rubber duck, there’s your answer.

Forget the duck and grab the camera.

The point of the duck is to make the idea of vlogging fun. You might not want to go outside your house or walk around town holding a rubber duck up because that might raise a few eyebrows, but the idea of it remains.

There’s a little rubber duck that sits on my desk. As I write this, he’s perched up on my left speaker. He’s a Sherlock Holmes rubber duck, dressed in a spiffy suit with the classic Holmes deerstalker hat, holding a pipe and a magnifying glass.

If you have a rubber duck, give it a try. If you don’t have a rubber duck, you should definitely get a rubber duck, and consider getting one that has a bit more character to it. I didn’t realize there were so many. They’re good ducks, Brent.

And that’s the Rubber Duck Technique.